Period of joinder

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On an industry call, the period of joinder is the twenty minutes the chairperson allows at the start, right after saying “let’s give it a couple of minutes for folks to join”, in the desperate hope that someone will join a dreary call with the sainted subject of collating industry feedback to a half-baked regulatory proposal no-one understands, believes will ever happen, or cares about, except for one dude from Goldman, who is guaranteed to drone on for 40 minutes, pursuing his own particular, tangential, agenda. Because — you know, Goldman.

Followed immediately by the roll call in which the chairperson's darkest fears — that no-one (except the dude from Goldman) will show — can be laid bare before the world.